MICROPHONE QUICKSTART GUIDE
Pickup Pattern: Cardioid or omnidirectional
Example Models: Audio-Technica 8004L; Shure SM58
Applications: Ideal for visible-mic reporter interviews. Omnidirectional types are often selected for their wide pickup pattern, especially when one mic is shared between two subjects. Long-handled version also offered by several manufacturers.
Pickup Pattern: Omnidirectional
Example Models: Audio-Technica Pro70; Countryman EMW
Applications: Comes with clip-on, tie-tack mounts. Ultraminiature mic capsules come in several colors to match skin/clothing colors.
Pickup Pattern: Ultradirectional
Example Models: Azden ECZ-990; RODE VideoMic; Sennheiser MKE400
Applications: On-camera mic for distant pickup. Useable on a boom pole or handheld. Often a first-choice mic for on-the-fly documentary, sports or news coverage.
Pickup Pattern: Cardioid directional
Example Models: Audio-Technica 2022, Pro-24CM; RØDE Stereo VideoMic
Applications: On-camera mic for close-in subjects. Can be used handheld or boom-mounted. Ideal for ambience and music recording, and sound effects collection.
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